THE MISMATCH GAME to Benefit L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, 5/2 & 5/4
Dennis Hensley's The MisMatch Game! returns to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Renberg Theatre for two of its riotously unpredictable performances on Friday and Sunday, May 2 and 4, 2014. Los Angeles Times calls this outrageous parody of the classic '70s game show "witty, ribald... an adventure in Surrealist era-bending."
Producer and host Dennis "Gene Rayburn" Hensley will be joined onstage by a panel of some of L.A.'s most creative, hilarious and demented comic minds. Hensley & Company are once again generously donating the proceeds to benefit Center's array of free and low-cost services.
The MisMatch Game has become a Los Angeles cult favorite, regularly drawing multitudes of fans to their irregularly scheduled gigs at the Renberg Theatre. In conferring "10 Best" status on the show, The Advocate magazine wrote, "This recurring Los Angeles happening reimagines the '70s TV game show Match Game with full-camp press and excellent sub-lebrity impersonations."
The casts for these shows will be drawn from our ever-growing company of MisMatch Game crazies. Past performers include Willam Belli, Patrick Bristow, Sam Pancake, Julie Brown, Jackie Clarke, Drew Droege, Maile Flanagan, Nadya Ginsburg, Frangela, Tom Lenk, Madeline Long, Kate Flannery, Nicol Paone, Danny Casillas, Melissa Peterman, Felix Pire, Jack Plotnick, Oscar Quintero and Tony Tripoli, and many more, portraying such celebrities as Charles Nelson Reilly, Shelly Winters, Cher, Madonna, Ricardo Montalban, Margot Kidder, Tim Gunn, Jessica Simpson, Tony Orlando & Dawn, and dozens of others. Complete casts for this edition will be posted at www.lagaycenter.org/theatre.
With kitschy prizes for volunteer contestants from the audience, it's time to dig out that leisure suit for an affectionate, irreverent, racy parody of '70s game show insanity.
Writer/performer Dennis Hensley is the Executive Producer/showrunner for the new hip-hop flavored pop culture show "BRKDWN," which premiered in October on Bounce TV. He is the author of the novels Misadventures in the (213) and Screening Party and recently released a DVD of his short film projects called The Dennis Hensley 5-Pack, which features the comedies Rubdown, Reunion, Screening Party, Dipshits and Evie Harris: Shining Star. The DVD is available for purchase at CDBaby.com. In 2013, Dennis created the murder mystery comedy show The Dangerous Hour for Princess Cruises.
Hensley recently wrapped production on the short film If We Took a Holiday, which he appears in a co-created with comedienne Nadya Ginsburg and director Glenn Gaylord. Watch for it in festivals in 2014. He also co-wrote the feature film Testosterone with director David Moreton and appeared in the cult comedy Girls Will be Girls. He was one of four hosts of the national gay radio show Twist. His podcast with Tony Tripoli, The Comedy Couch with Dennis Hensley and Tony Tripoli, is available for free on iTunes.
Hensley has worked as a writer on E! Entertainment's Fashion Police, Logo's The Big Gay Sketch Show, and Lifetime's Lovespring International. He was one of Kathy Griffin's 'Main Gays' on her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. He also served as a consultant on the fourth season of Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race.
Performances will be held Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at The Renberg Theatre, The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles 90038 (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Blvd.) Free parking.
General Admission tickets are $15 and are available online at www.lagaycenter.org/boxoffice, or call 323-860-7300.
For more info about Hensley, visit dennishensley.com. For more info about The MisMatch Game, visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Dennis-Hensleys-THE-MISMATCH-GAME/106452701259.